May 30, 2010

Here comes the DIY bride

It's a new boom in blooms: Couples cut costs by arranging theri own wedding flowers.

By Ray Routhier
Staff Writer

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Alario-Miller ordered two kinds of roses and lots of daisies. She covered a wedding archway, above, made bouquets and boutonnieres and decorated the cake with daisies and an airplane, below.

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TO SEE A video tutorial on making your own wedding floral arrangements, go to

FOR A LIST of places to buy cut flowers in Maine, go to the website of the Maine State Florists and Growers Association at

At Little River Flower Farm in Buxton, Nancy Stedman has seen a steady increase in wedding parties coming out to pick flowers for arrangements. Some bring refreshments and make a day of it.

“Because Maine is such a destination for weddings, we’ve had people from all over – Australia, California – come out to pick flowers for arrangements,” said Stedman, who has 10,000 cut flower plants at her farm. “Sometimes they just feel comfortable doing their own centerpieces, and they ask us to do things like bouquets and boutonnieres.”

Stedman said her flower prices are similar to wholesale if people pick them themselves. Snapdragons, for example, cost $9.50 to $11 for 10 stems at her farm.

Besides wanting to save money, Stedman says some people pick their wedding flowers at her farm because they want to “go green.”

“We’re certified organic, and people like that, too,” she said.

While Stedman can provide some arranging help for brides, 48LongStems has a wedding consultant, Karin Ahl, who can help them learn the basics of wedding arrangements, including how to figure out how many flowers they will need.

Or she can suggest less expensive flowers that might give them the same look as more expensive ones, like using a lot of carnations in place of hydrangeas.

“The majority of the questions I get are about how many flowers they’ll need. As far as vases and supplies, every craft store in the world has the basics of what you’ll need,” said Ahl, who has spent 15 years as an event planner.

“People are catching on that doing your own arrangements can be a fairly simple thing to do.”

Staff Writer Ray Routhier can be contacted at 791-6454 or at:


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